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    Arizona Sheriff Launches Controversial Immigration Sweep

    "He is doing this to thumb his nose at the Obama administration," said Lydia Guzman, president of the Hispanic civil rights group Somos America.
    Good for him.


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    Arizona Sheriff Launches Controversial Immigration Sweep

    Friday, October 16, 2009

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    PHOENIX An Arizona sheriff known for cracking down on people who are in the country illegally launched a crime and immigration sweep in northwestern metro Phoenix on Friday, a half day after officials in Washington limited his powers to make federal immigration arrests.

    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose sweeps have led to allegations of racial profiling, said the rebuff from Washington won't stop him. He said he can still arrest immigrants under a state smuggling law and a federal law that gives all local police agencies more limited power to detain suspected illegal immigrants.

    "It doesn't bother me, because we are going to do the same thing," said Arpaio, whose deputies had arrested 16 people by Friday evening on unspecified charges. "I am the elected sheriff. I don't take orders from the federal government."

    The officers were participating in a federal program that grants a limited number of local police departments special powers to make immigration arrests and speed up deportation. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stripped Arpaio of his power to let 100 deputies make federal immigration arrests, but renewed another agreement that allows 60 jails officers to determine the immigration status of people in jail.

    The sheriff's sweeps in some heavily Latino areas of metro Phoenix have drawn criticism that Arpaio's deputies racially profile people. Arpaio said people pulled over in the sweeps were approached because deputies had probable cause to believe they had committed crimes and that it was only afterward that deputies found many of them were illegal immigrants.

    The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Arpaio's office over allegations of discrimination and unconstitutional searches and seizures.

    "He is doing this to thumb his nose at the Obama administration," said Lydia Guzman, president of the Hispanic civil rights group Somos America.

    The sweeps have discouraged some Hispanics who have witnessed or been victims of crime to refuse to call Arpaio's deputies, for fear of mistreatment, Guzman said.

    Observers who are part of Guzman's group fanned out across the area of the sweeps with video cameras to record exchanges between deputies and motorists.

    Arpaio said volunteers will use cameras owned by his agency to video-record deputies so viewers can see for themselves that they weren't doing anything wrong. Arpaio responded angrily to a question during a news conference about the costs of the cameras, saying they were paid through seizures in drug cases. "Dope peddlers bought the cameras," Arpaio said.

    A dozen anti-Arpaio protesters yelled throughout the news conference. At one point, they chanted: "Order equals K-K-K here's what Arpaio has to say."

    Kris Kobach, a law professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City and an advocate of expanding local immigration efforts, said Arpaio's office like every other local police agency can detain people suspected of immigration violations for a day or two until federal authorities come to pick them up.

    In the past, Arpaio could have held such immigrants for longer than two days and conducted investigations of smuggling rings, Kobach said.

    "It's really a slight narrowing, but it's not much," said Kobach, who worked as an immigration law adviser to then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft from 2001-2003.

    Dan Pochoda, legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing people who filed a lawsuit over the sweeps, said Arpaio still can't pull over motorists solely because they are suspected of being illegal immigrants.

    "He can't do it under the terms he is claiming. He has indicated that he can stop people without the suspicion, based on what they look like, what they sound like," Pochoda said.

    Arpaio said the Bush administration had no complaints about his use of the special federal powers, but all that has changed with the Obama administration.

    "What's changed?" Arpaio asked. "Politics has changed, because they don't like us going on the streets to catch illegals."

    This round of sweep, Arpaio's 12th, is set to end late Saturday.
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    I love how the AMERICAN Civil Liberties Union rallies in support of ILLEGAL NON-AMERICAN immigrants.

    Bottom line is, illegals are illegal and I applaud Sheriff Arpaio's diligence in doing his job, regardless of who is in the white house.

    Especially as a resident of Arizona.
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    i happen to be hispanic and i drive a chevy work truck i've been pulled over 3 times by sherrifs deputies. While this occured i saw no caucasian people being hasseled. I say it is racial profiling , i was born and raised in this country why should they discriminate against me just so he can do he's pathetic stunts for he's re-election campaign. i ask you AZSATT if they stopped you because of your race on your way to work, how would u feel. The sad thing i see is that it works. Why doesn't he stick to raiding drop house's, and business that hire illegals, no he pulls over hispanics in cars so he can get right wing fanatics to vote for him.

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    I'm sorry you're having to deal with this crap, but exactly how many Caucasian's are from Mexico? We have people from Mexico illegally in this country. Pulling over Black people, Caucasians and Indians makes no sense. Just like it makes no sense to frisk 87 year old white grandmas at the airport and let the 22 year old middle eastern guy on without any scrutiny.

    If you're hunting bear....why are you looking at mule deer?

    Have you ever wondered why the Left Wing fanatics favor illegal immigration? If they didn't, then why would they not be screaming about it? Why are they trying to change the phrase illegal immigrant to undocumented? So how long before a burglar becomes an "uninvited guest"?

    If it smells like BS, looks like BS....I don't need to taste it to make sure it's BS.


    Quote Originally Posted by doming83 View Post
    i happen to be hispanic and i drive a chevy work truck i've been pulled over 3 times by sherrifs deputies. While this occured i saw no caucasian people being hasseled. I say it is racial profiling , i was born and raised in this country why should they discriminate against me just so he can do he's pathetic stunts for he's re-election campaign. i ask you AZSATT if they stopped you because of your race on your way to work, how would u feel. The sad thing i see is that it works. Why doesn't he stick to raiding drop house's, and business that hire illegals, no he pulls over hispanics in cars so he can get right wing fanatics to vote for him.

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    What I want to know is, since he's been doing this for several years now, how is he "thumbing his nose at the Obama administration"? Again someone tries to play the race card when this has nothing to do with what is happening. Sheriff Arpaio has always been a hard line person and rightfully so. He's doing a job that the Feds either can't or don't want to do. As for the ACLU, I don't see them rallying for the college student who wants to fly the U.S. flag outside his dorm room and isn't allowed to by the University. They will argue against a veterans memorial saying it's too religiously oriented. They seem to have an agenda of bringing down everything started by the forefathers.

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    These illegals come here just to break our laws. They know while still in Mexico that it is illegal to come to the US. But they come here anyway. Once someone breaks one law and know they are wanted by the police it is a very small step to break more and more laws. Are there lots of jobs right now for these illegals? Once they are here and whatever money they have runs out, how are they to get money for food. Its just a small step to steal. Then a small step for worse. But still EVERYDAY more and more come here. We need to stop this flood now.

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    good for him. I doubt he is doing it though to thumb his nose at obama... but good for him anyway.
    You can have my freedom as soon as I'm done with it!!!

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    I have no problem with profiling. If a white person commits a crime and I am pulled over because I fit the general description and they are not pulling over blacks or Hispanics then that only makes sense. Should I complain because it is the whites they pulled over. I think not. If a blond hair, blue eyed male were to commit a crime while in Mexico do you suppose that the authorities there will be looking for Hispanics or might they be stopping those that fit the description?
    By faith Noah,being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear,prepared an ark to the saving of his house;by the which he condemned the world,and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith Heb.11:7

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    Quote Originally Posted by doming83 View Post
    i happen to be hispanic and i drive a chevy work truck i've been pulled over 3 times by sherrifs deputies. While this occured i saw no caucasian people being hasseled. I say it is racial profiling , i was born and raised in this country why should they discriminate against me just so he can do he's pathetic stunts for he's re-election campaign. i ask you AZSATT if they stopped you because of your race on your way to work, how would u feel. The sad thing i see is that it works. Why doesn't he stick to raiding drop house's, and business that hire illegals, no he pulls over hispanics in cars so he can get right wing fanatics to vote for him.
    I feel for you doming, but I can't change facts. In Arizona, the illegals we are talking about are from south of the US Border... It simply is what it is. That's in no way a racial slur, challenge or insult.

    However, I'm completely in favor of 'working smarter and not harder' with far more effective law enforcement, so I can agree with you 100% on refocusing law enforcement emphasis to actually putting dents in illegal trafficing. Drop houses, suspect businesses and even the "super highway" mountain trails that see steady traffic day and night. I agree - traffic stops are NOT working smarter or more effectively. I also think Border Patrol check points in semi-permanent highway locations are completely retarded and a waste of money and manpower. (At such check points even I - the obvious gringo with US Military registration stickers on my truck - gets asked stupid questions by someone speaking English as a second language (no offense - as I WISH I spoke Spanish).

    I'd clear those Agents from the Highway check points, send them into the brush, the mountains and the neighborhoods where EVERYone else seems to be able to easily ID the drop house, and actually round up illegals in bunches. I'm sure the ACLU would pitch a fit if that happens too... but forget the ACLU.

    Clearly, I'm not a politician, as this is far too simple, cost-effective and practical to be employed by our twisted government. However, if enforcing existing laws makes me a 'right wing fanatic' - I'll take it. And I'll vote for the Sheriff who enforces the law and doesn't wimper, run and hide because some liberal douche from the ACLU or some liberal Dem from the federal levels are worried about losing 'left wing fanatic' votes.

    Enforce the law. Period.
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